Silk Protest
Is an an ongoing series of twelve, hanging, hand-made, silk banners inspired by early
Suffrage Movements from around the world. In my research for the installation titled 'Echoes
of Hanna' in the old yard and guardroom of Cathal Brugha barracks I discovered an intriguing
link between Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, one of Ireland's foremost feminists and Suffragettes,
and the barracks. In that process, I rediscovered the energy of the suffragette movement at
the turn of 20th century. I was taken with how these groups of women understood and
engaged with the public and 'the power of publicity'; ideas that were later copied by the civil
rights movement. These women deployed a range of strategies with excellent results including:
large marches and gatherings, public speaking and employing the pageantry of hand-made
silk banners. I explore these ideas and also pay homage to these forms of creative dissent.

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